The Corpus Callosum

Wine Label Nudity Absurdity

Alabama has decide to not allow a particular wine to be sold.  The
reason is that the label contains “some nudity.”

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A wine label showing a nude nymph is too
much for Alabama’s liquor control agency, which has told restaurants
and stores not to sell the product.

The label on Cycles Gladiator wine, produced by Hahn Family Wines in
Soledad, Calif., shows a vintage 1895 advertising poster for Cycles
Gladiator bicycles. The French poster features a nude nymph flying
beside a winged bicycle.

The article is from the Seattle PI.  The paper was bold enough to
show the image, but protect sensitive eyes, by making you click on a
link with a warning:


The darnedest thing: between the time I started writing this, and now,
they changed the article and removed the link!  The newly
sanitized article is here.

It would seem that the whole issue could be solved without interfering
with legitimate business.  All they would have to do, is to
require a photo ID to purchase the product.

If you go to the Cycles
Gladiator web site
, you can read all about the
wine.  You can even join the Cycles Gladiator Facebook fan
club.  You can see a picture of one of their delivery trucks,
which has a huge rendition of the label on the side.  Presumably,
those trucks were driving around Alabama for years. 

And because Corpus Callosum is not so prudish as the Seattle-PI, I will
post a link to the large version of the picture (click to see big).



  1. #1 Lab Rat
    July 26, 2009

    I must admit with all the build up I was especting a provocative looking scantily clad pin-up girl at the very least. Not an old French bike advert.

  2. #2 Greg Laden
    July 26, 2009

    You know, if you come to Minneapolis, the City of Radical Bikists, that’s what half the people here look like. Seriously.

    That wine would sell big here.

  3. #3 Left_Wing_fox
    July 26, 2009

    Ah, I love the artwork from that era. I have a couple reproductions of Belle Epoch posters around my apartment, along with a couple pieces of modern art influenced by that period. It’s a shame Alabama is coming down hard on this, and too bad that Alphonse Mucha didn’t do any ads for that particular bicycle company.

  4. #4 Margo
    July 26, 2009

    I think it is absurd. We have enough to concern ourselves with, without worrying about a label on a wine bottle. There again, let the money go to a neighboring state, while Alabama shows it’s stupidity again.

  5. #5 The Science Pundit
    July 27, 2009

    Those old bicycle ads were great!

  6. #6 Nancy
    July 28, 2009


  7. #7 Dann
    July 30, 2009

    I’m against bicycle riding after drinking wine. You may end up naked underwater with your bike, just like the picture shows.

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